We kindly invite you to the SESA Online Webinar on ‘Increasing access to financing for e-mobility deployment – the role of financial institutions, international organisations, local governments and e-mobility innovators’ to be held online via Zoom on 30th August 2023 at 11:00 – 12:30 GMT (14:00 – 15:30 EAT / 13:00 – 14:30 CEST), jointly organised by UEMI, UN Habitat, Smart Innovation Norway, ICLEI Europe, F6S and the European funded project SOLUTIONSplus.
E-mobility development is garnering momentum across the world. In Africa, this sector is relatively new but has enormous potentials for the transformation of the transport sector to sustainable ways and can help achieve climate change and mitigation objectives at continental and global levels. Whilst countries and cities in Africa are building ambitions and initiatives to drive this transformation (UNFCCC, 2021), several impediments or challenges are in the way of achieving these goals. The challenges range from inadequate e-mobility charging infrastructure, non-supportive policies, and low technical capacity in the field, to financial and economic challenges considering that electric vehicles acquisitions come at high upfront costs. The need to progressively surmount these challenges is increasingly becoming a pre-requisite to drive transport electrification in Africa and this will include putting in the necessary policies and actions to incentivise the sector to boost adoption.
In this webinar, we will focus on the essence to increase financial support to the sector and discuss the role of different stakeholders including local governments, financial institutions, international organisations and local e-mobility innovators in facilitating access to financing for the deployment of e-mobility. The webinar brings together speakers and representatives of local governments, international organisations, financial experts and industry players who are involved in innovative e-mobility solutions. This webinar is part of the third course of the SESA capacity building programme, a self-paced e-learning programme which focuses on a range of renewable energy solutions and associated use cases. The courses are available on the NUA campus platform.
Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA) is a collaborative project between the European Union and nine African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania) that aims to provide energy access technologies and business models that are easily replicable and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion in Africa. Through several local living labs, it is expected to facilitate the co-development of scalable and replicable energy access innovations, to be tested, validated, and later replicated throughout the African continent. These solutions will include decentralised renewables (solar photovoltaics), innovative energy storage systems including the use of second-life electric vehicle batteries, smart microgrids, waste-to-energy systems (biomass to biogas), climate-proofing, resilience and adaptation, and rural internet access.
Running from October 2021 until September 2025, SESA is the result of a strong partnership between leading European and African universities, research centres, industry actors, local governments, knowledge and implementation organisations and networks. These will be strengthened via peer-to-peer exchange, policy dialogues, regional and international events among others.